The East Java regency of Bojonegoro is increasing oil and gas production to help meet a nationwide target of 1 million barrels per day of crude oil, the Jakarta Post said.
Bojonegoro Regent Suyoto said Wednesday his state’s current production is 63,000 bpd of crude oil with a target of 120,000 bpd by the end of 2014 and 200,000 bpd by 2015.
Suyoto said Indonesia now produces 843,000 bpd of crude oil but wants to lift that to 1 million bpd.
He said five blocks designated for more production are the Sukowati, Cepu, Kawengan, Blora and Nona blocks.
Sukowati and Cepu now produce 43,000 and 27,000 bpd respectively, while the Kawengan Block is slated to produce 200 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of liquefied natural gas when Pertamina starts production there.
“The Blora and Nona blocks are currently still in the exploration stage, but the Bojonegoro regency administration was upbeat that both blocks would begin production within the next three years,” the Jakarta Post said.
Indonesia’s crude oil production has declined steadily since the 1990s due to aging fields and lack of investment.
Declining production and increased domestic demand turned Indonesia into a net oil importer from 2004 onwards.
In 2008, the country withdrew from OPEC.